Where it all began…

DramFest is the brain child of Michael and Stella Fraser Milne, owners of Whisky Galore in Christchurch, New Zealand. Michael and Stella were motivated not only by a desire to spread the whisky gospel but also provide whisky enthusiasts from around the country with the opportunity to learn more about whisky and meet the people behind the brands.

The first DramFest took place in the Limes Room at the Town Hall in 2007 with just over 100 different brands represented at the event. Now, twelve years later our 7th festival will take place in March 2020, back at the Town Hall, where it all started.

We very much hope that you can join our whisky family in March 2020 for what we hope will be our best festival yet !

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Dramfest crowd

DramFest 2020

DramFest is New Zealand's largest whisky education and tasting festival and takes place over two days at the Christchurch Town Hall from 1pm-6pm on the 7th & 8th of March 2020.

2020's main event will be home to over 50 exhibitors representing distilleries, producers and independent bottlers from Scotland, Japan, Ireland and around the whisky world.

Over 300 different single malt, blended and other whiskies will be available to try, along with for the first time, rum will be available as a 'guest spirit'.

DramFest is a unique opportunity to meet with overseas and local whisky experts including distillers, owners and brand ambassadors attending the event - these visiting experts are for many the highlight of the event, offering the chance to interact with those who are directly involved with the creation, selection and promotion of some of the whiskies on offer.

We look forward to you joining us next year for a fantastic DramFest weekend!